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My 2015 NFL Power Rankings Final Week

Updated on January 5, 2016

NFL Power Ranks

Looks like we've maaaaaaaaaade iiiiiittttttttttttttttt. The end of the regular season. Can you believe it? Somehow we've witnessed 17 glorious weeks of NFL action. The bad news is that for 20 teams their season is over. The good news is that we are ready for some playoff action. Aside from that we've got coaches being fired and not one, not two, but three teams who have filed to move to Los Angeles. There's a lot to talk about in this final installment of my power rankings.

1. Carolina Panthers (15-1) ~ For the first time in franchise history the Panthers are the number one seed in the NFC playoffs. If you take a look at Cam Newton's numbers this season the Panthers might be in for another franchise first: an MVP. (Last Week's Ranking 2)

2. Arizona Cardinals (13-3) ~ Yes, they were absolutely shellacked at home in the finale against Seattle. That said, the game was so far out of reach so early that Carson Palmer was pulled for rest. After last year, a healthy Palmer is all Arizona could possibly want while heading into the playoffs. (LWR 1)

3. Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) ~ The Bengals won 12 games in a season for the first time since 1988 when they advanced to the Super Bowl. Do these Bengals have it in them? Maybe. AJ McCarron does have some experience in college winning national championships. Oh, and Andy Dalton hasn't been officially ruled out just yet. (LWR 4)

4. Denver Broncos (12-4) ~ He's baaaaaaack. Peyton Manning came off the bench for the first time in his illustrious career to lead the Broncos to victory over San Diego and the number one seed in the AFC. Who will be under center when Denver hosts a playoff game next week will be undoubtedly the hottest topic across the NFL. (LWR 4)

5. New England Patriots (12-4) ~ Tom Brady took a big hit from Ndamukong Suh that had to make Patriots fans hold their breath. In a season full of injuries the one the club surely would not be able to overcome is losing their leader. An extra week of rest will probably benefit this club more than any of the other three with a first round bye. (LWR 3)

6. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) ~ The Chiefs will take their league-high 10-game winning streak into Houston where they will look to win a playoff game for the first time since Joe Montana was under center. Kansas City has lost their last nine playoff games. (LWR 6)

7. Seattle Seahawks (10-6) ~ Russell Wilson became the first player in NFL history to throw for more than 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns while also rushing for more than 500 yards. Seattle and my fantasy team thanks him for his contributions. (LWR 7)

8. Minnesota Vikings (11-5) ~ Adrian Peterson missed 15 games last year. What does he do in his return? Win the rushing title. That's what. He led the NFL this season with 1,485 yards. So much for shaking off the rust. (LWR 10)

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) ~ Pittsburgh needed a win and a New York Jets loss to squeeze into the playoffs and that's exactly what happened. Of bigger concern now has to be backup running back DeAngelo Williams' health as he was forced to leave the season finale with an ankle injury. (LWR 9)

10. Green Bay Packers (10-6) ~ After throwing just five interceptions in all of 2014, Aaron Rodgers has thrown five in his last six games. That could be a troubling trend as the Pack limp into the postseason. (LWR 11)

11. Washington Redskins (9-7) ~ Kirk Cousins led the NFL in completion percentage (70%) becoming the first Redskin to do that since Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen in 1970. How do you like that? (LWR 12)

12. Houston Texans (9-7) ~ For the first time in franchise history the Texans will not open the first round of the playoffs against the Bengals. In their short playoff history Houston is 2-0 when they play Cincinnati and 0-2 when they play anyone else. (LWR 13)

13. New York Jets (10-6) ~ I wonder what hurts more: missing the playoffs in general or missing them due to a loss to your former coach? If you root for the Jets please leave a comment and let me know your take. (LWR 8)

14. Indianapolis Colts (8-8) ~ There was so much talk about the Colts ready to part ways with head coach Chuck Pagano. That didn't happen as they signed him to a four-year extension. Sometimes, the rumors are just that. (LWR 15)

15. Buffalo Bills (8-8) ~ Rex Ryan ended the Jets season by keeping them out of the playoffs. Now it has been said if he doesn't get his own team to the promised land next season will be his last on the Buffalo sideline. Talk about a short leash considering the club hasn't made the postseason since 1999 - the longest drought in the NFL. (LWR 17)

16. Oakland Raiders (7-9) ~ Charles Woodson's certain Hall of Fame career started in Kansas City back in 1998 and it ended there on Sunday in 2016. I love the symmetry of that but the game is now without one of the best to ever suit up. Enjoy retirement Mr. Woodson. (LWR 14)

17. Philadelphia Eagles (7-9) ~ In their first game of the post Chip Kelly era Philly's offense hummed along to the tune of 35 points in a road divisional game. Not too shabby. Now who will be running the show and who will be under center are the two big questions in the city of brotherly love as Sam Bradford's contract has expired. (LWR 18)

18. Atlanta Falcons (8-8) ~ Julio Jones had himself quite the year leading the league in receiving yards (1,871) and tying for the league lead in receptions (136) with Antonio Brown. Both of those marks are also new franchise records. (LWR 16)

19. Detroit Lions (7-9) ~ After the Lions got off to a poor start there were rumblings about whether or not Matthew Stafford could lead this team. Another 4,000 yard 30 touchdown season makes me lean towards yes. (LWR 19)

20. New Orleans Saints (7-9) ~ Sean Payton is one of the hottest names being thrown out for possible coaching candidates for the teams looking for a new lead man. There's just one problem with that. Payton is currently under contract with the Saints for two more years and I'm sure they want to keep him around. (LWR 23)

21. New York Giants (6-10) ~ After twelve seasons at the helm and two Super Bowl championships Tom Coughlin has resigned as head coach of the Giants. That means, for the first time in his NFL career, Eli Manning will be coached by someone not named Coughlin. Well, probably. I suppose the Giants could hire someone else with the last name Coughlin but you know what I mean. (LWR 20)

22. Chicago Bears (6-10) ~ To the common fan it looks like the Bears had a bad season but if you really look you can see improvements with this club. John Fox has started to rub off on his players and I fully expect them to be at least a .500 team next season. (LWR 21)

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10) ~ At 6-6 the club looked like they were turning a corner. Four straight losses to close things out put a damper on a season in which the team showed signs of life for the first time in a few years. (LWR 22)

24. St. Louis Rams (7-9) ~ An overtime loss in San Francisco to close the season meant the Rams finished under .500 for the fourth straight year since Jeff Fisher took over. Could his time be up in St. Louis? Or is that Los Angeles? Oh, well, wherever the team plays next year. (LWR 24)

25. Miami Dolphins (6-10) ~ Mike Shanahan and Mike Smith, both former head coaches in the NFL, have already been tied to the Dolphins head coaching position. I guess that doesn't bode well for Dan Campbell despite finishing the season with an upset over New England. (LWR 26)

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) ~ If you look up the fifteen best receiving seasons in Jaguars history you will now see someone else's name besides Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell. Allen Robinson has proven himself to be a legit top receiving option in the NFL. (LWR 25)

27. Baltimore Ravens (5-11) ~ Baltimore will have a top-10 draft pick for the first time since the year 2000 when the team selected Jamal Lewis out of Tennessee fifth overall. I'd say that worked out nicely for them. (LWR 27)

28. San Diego Chargers (4-12) ~ Speaking of teams who aren't accustomed to having a high draft pick San Diego hasn't been in this position since they drafted Eli Manning. Don't tell me you forgot they picked him and traded him to the Giants did you? For shame. (LWR 28)

29. Dallas Cowboys (4-12) ~ In a game that meant nothing to either team Kellen Moore threw for 435 yards and three touchdowns and nobody noticed. Seriously. (LWR 29)

30. San Francisco 49ers (5-11) ~ Jim Tomsula's tenure as head coach by the by lasted just one season as San Fran waited just a few hours after the game to announce he would not be coming back. Usually teams wait until the next day to drop the axe. (LWR 31)

31. Cleveland Browns (3-13) ~ Paul DePodesta has been hired to be part of the front office. The oddity about this is that DePodesta is leaving the New York Mets to take this position. From MLB to the NFL. Stranger things have happened I suppose. (LWR 30)

32. Tennessee Titans (3-13) ~ Prior to the season there were rumblings that Chip Kelly would trade up in the draft to take Marcus Mariota who played for Kelly at Oregon. Could a reunion in Tennessee be in the making? (LWR 32)

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